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like the billy joel song. >> [ explosion ] at least 12 are killed as kurds protest against turkey's inaction in the fight against i.s.i.l. meanwhile, the fight for kobani is intensifying. i.s.i.l. fighters surrounding most of the town.e is intensifying. i.s.i.l. fighters surrounding most of the town. hello, welcome to al jazeera life from our headquarters in doha. also ahead - anger in spain. medical staff say they could be at risk after a nurse contracted
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ebola. and a battle over the secrets of surveillance - twitter sues the u.s. government. at least 12 people are dead after turkish police used rubber bullets and tear gas against kurds protesting. they want turkish to help the kurdish forces trying to keep kobane taken over by the islamic state of iraq and levant. fighting continues in the town of kobane. we have this report. >> reporter: from across the border in turkey, it's clear the battle for kobane is more intense than it has ever been. fighters from islamic state of iraq and levant have been battling to capture the town for days. they have managed to enter kobane, it is under the control of kurdish fighters. that may not be for long. many warn that i.s.i.l. will
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overpower kurds unless they are given support. it's the refusal of turkey to help militarily that upset many kurds in turkey. hundreds of protesters took to the streets demanding ankara send in the army to stop kobane falling to i.s.i.l. the protest turned deadly with several killed. they claimed police used live ammunition, and protest juniors attempt to storm the police station. earlier on tuesday, while visiting a refugee camp for syrians, the president recep tayyip erdogan admitted that ground invasions was needed but that turkey would not go it alone. >> translation: i.s.i.l. cannot be solved with air strikes. we warned the west. we wanted three things, a no-fly zone, a secure zone parallel and training moderate syrian rebels.
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>> reporter: there are some free syrian army groups fighting alongside the kurds. this was posted online by an f.s.a. group. recep tayyip erdogan wants the f.s.a. to join in the fight. ut fighters of i.s.i.l., and the syrian regime must be fought. it seems the international community is struggling to combat i.s.i.l. on its own. our correspondent bernard smith joins us live on the border. what is the latest on the fighting in kobane? >> well, this morning, wednesday morning, we are hearing from the syrian kurdish fighters. they say they have seized more of the initiative. they have put the i.s.i.l. fighters further back from the town. they haven't pushed them out of the town that they breached on
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monday, but they have pushed them back, and killed 50 fighters during that. some similar figures that i.s.i.l. is talking about. what seems to have made the difference overnight for the kurds in kobane was a series of air strikes, strikes on i.s.i.l. positions that kurdish fighters push back the i.s.i.l. fighters. they are nowhere near the west of the down. but they are trying to push them out of the south and the east. >> there has been protests across turkey about what is happening in kobane. people wanting the turkish government to do more. tell us about the protests. >> those protests started because there was a fear that kobane was about to fall to i.s.i.l. those protesters were frustrated
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that the turkish government has not done more to help the kurds in there. the kurds believe that turkey is more afraid of the kurdish separatism, than it is of helping the kurds keep i.s.i.l. out. that has been what has prompted the protests which the government put down, as it usually does, often does in turkey. they were violent protests. the government puts them down with tear gas and using live firearms. >> will the government bend to pressure to prevent the takeover of kobane. how long can syrian-kurdish fighters hold i.s.i.l. back on their own, with the help of u.s. air strikes? >> well, i think at the moment the best that we are going to see, the best that the kurdish fighters can hope for in kobane are u.s. air strikes to help them out. they want the turks to allow more weapons through.
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they want the turks to allow more kurdish fighters through. kurdish fighters have been allowed in for medical treatment, and have been given that on a humanitarian basis, but turkey is not letting fighters in. that is a frustration of the kurd as well. >> thank you for the update. bernard smith, our correspondent, joining us from the border there. to other news - health care workers in spain have been protesting against the handling of the ebola outbreak. three more have been quarantined after a spanish nurse became the first person to contract the virus outside west africa. there's growing frustration over the amount of information released. >> reporter: information, reassurance, answers. that is what the hospital staff are demanding, and as those in
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the front line of the infection, it is the staff. >> we don't know about our colleague, everyone is uncomfortable in this moment. we are very, very worried. very hard to work. >> reporter: perhaps most worrying is the hospital's insistence that every precaution was already being taken. >> the procedures that are used in the hospital are the same as those used in other hospitals treating patients with ebola. using the same recommendations, official protective quit and supervision. >> reporter: in addition to the infected nurse, more than 20 direct contacts outside the hospital are being monitored for symptoms. in addition to that, 30 hospital staff are being watched.
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with an incubation period of up to 21 days for ebola, it's a long process. the repatriation of the two ebola-infected missionaries was widely quit sized. the hospital -- criticized. the hospital suffered from austerity cuts, and some say it was not up to standard. others say the repatriation was necessary. >> i think it was not a good area to bring back home the doctors from africa to madrid. because, they could be treated locally with the same effective means and more humanity. >> reporter: meanwhile a fifth u.s. citizen diagnosed with ebola arrived at a treatment hospital in nebraska.
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ashoka mukpo was covering the outbreak in liberia. this center in monrovia had been operating at full capacity since it opened in september. the survival rate sits at 50%. the virus killed nearly 3,500, and infected 7,500. now the world health organisation has scribed further europe -- described further european cases as unavoidable. u.n.i.c.e.f. delivered more aid to guinea to help fight ebola. water, food, drugs, effective equipment for health staff has been cloen to conna cree. u.n.i.c.e.f. says it delivered 600 tonnes of supplies to liberia, guinea and sierra leone, the worst-hit countries. >> some workers in charge of burying the bodies of ebola victims are on strike. specialist teams have not been
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paid a weekly risk allowance for weeks. only workers in protective clothing can remove and bury bodies, because ebola is active. kenya's president is due to make an appearance at the criminal court in the hague. uhuru kenyatta flew to the netherlands, and will be the first head of state to stand trial, and is charged with crimes against humanity by financing and killing mass killings, following disputed elections several years ago. a north korean government official acknowledged the existence of labour camps in the country. they are responding to a critical u.n. human rights report published this year. north korea uses detention camps to reform people. protesters are occupying
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main roads of hong kong business distribute. many are frustrated at the unconvenience and a loss of income for business. the west bank says the process hurt the economy. rush hour traffic squeezed into one lane, making the morning commute painful, and adding to the frustration of the general public. this is what it's been like in the main business district as protesters refused to remove the barricades. for the mainlanders who moved here a few years ago, it's a wonder the authorities would tolerate the scenario. >> why this problem so severe. now it's so very social problem. the social problem influence many parts of the business, the society. >> they discuss how protesters have ignored the government orders to clear the roads. it's inconceivable in mainland
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china, and proof that beijing's one-country, two-systems policy is in full effect. >> i'm surprised. it has been going on so long. everyone's life has been effective. i'm not surprised, hong kong has enjoyed the freedom for more than 100 years. >> the demonstrations for democracy gained momentum after police fired tear gas and pepper stray to break them up. people shielded themselves with umbrellas. beijing was quick to point the finger at foreign media for heating up the protest. >> they used the term, and the revolution is something that is extra sensitive and implies a change. >> reporter: there are mainlanders who showed bold support for the movement. the facebook page states that the members are scared of
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speaking out, but are afraid of allowing hong kong part of china, to lose its voice. we requested on interview with students, but she emailed saying it was a sensitive topic and people on the mainland who have been arrested for speaking to foreign media and feared that she'd be tracked down even if we hid her identity. >> protesters no longer expect a crackdown, but the concern is the falling numbers on the roads occupied and the growing animosity of public opinion. still to come - civilians pay the price as indian and pakistani armies fire at each other in kashmir. >> they have to sort the immigrant problem out once and for all. we are in the english sea side down with the first mp from
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it's good to have you with us, these are the top stories on al jazeera. 12 are dead following protests by kurdish supporters across turkey. they want the turkish government to do more to help kurdish fighters in syria. fighting continues and kurdish fighters are trying to keep i.s.i.l. forces from taking over
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kobane. >> health care workers in spawn protest the handling of the ebola outbreak at a madrid hospital. three more have been quarantined after a spanish nurse was the first to contract the virus outside of west africa. reports of clashes in east jerusalem. dozens of protesters fought with israeli police outside the alaxa mosque compound. let's go to our correspondent joining us from west jerusalem. what happened? is the fighting over now? >> hi. it's a tense situation at the alaa mosque in east jerusalem. let me give you a time line. at around 5 am local time, muslim palestinian men from around the age of 50 were allowed inside. around an hour later all
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palestinians were barred from going in. shortly afterwards israeli security forces escorted a group of what has been described to us as radical jewish groups inside the compound, and that's when those who already from in the alaxa compound clashed with the security forces. we understand that a number of those protesters were injured. we understand that at least three israel security forces were injured. it underscores the tensions at alaxe sea mosque compound -- alaxa mosque compound in this time of year, the high jewish holidays, and is this is a holiday when many jews will go to the old city to offer their prayers on what they believe is their temple. again, as we say, the group were given permission to enter the al- absque complex and that's
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when this started. thank you for that, joining us from jerusalem. houthi rebels in yemen rented the president's joys of prime minister. we have this report from sanaa. it could jeopardise a peace deal brokered by the united nations. >> reporter: this is the man chosen by the yemeni president to head a government. we met him last week when he was head of the president's office. tuesday afternoon, the president issued decreed 61, appointing him to the post of prime minister. he is 46 years old, and has a doctorate degree in administration. he is an independent sunni from the south, who communicates well with western diplomats in sanaa, and is close to the president. here he served as secretary-general of the national dialogue conference after the removal of the president. supporters say because he's
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nonpartisan, young and energetic, he could be the best link between the various conflicting parties. they hope he'll be able to unite the fragmented political community. his opponents describe him as someone that lacks political experience and is not up to the task. two groups announced the rejection of his appointment. the houthi rebels condemned the decision, saying it's against the terms of the peace agreement because other parties did not consent. and they accuse foreign governments of interferens. >> of course, it contradicts the principle of the partnership agreement and reconciliation that we all agreed to, and we rejected naming him because he doesn't have the information needed for the phase. >> it carries weight and may have consequences. the second opponent of the decision to appoint a prime
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minister is former president, a man that holds sway within the military. some are wary that what may look like the first step in the implementation of a peace agreement may lead to a new conflict. indian and pakistani soldiers changed fire over the territory of kashmir. one is dead, and 18 more injured on the indian side. one of the worst violations of a 2003 ceasefire between the two countries, forcing thousands to flee. we have this report. >> reporter: this man is the latest victim in a conflict that lasted more than 65 years. his village was one of dozens caught up in the fighting. tens of thousands in kashmir left their homes to escape the violence. india accused pakistan of shelling 40 border posts and 25
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villages since monday. the pakistan military says india fired first. the two sides trade accusations, the situation on the border is tense. >> the shelling was going throughout the night. there were nine blasts. the rooftops of the houses are canned and the children here are -- damaged and the children are so afraid we had to move them to other places. >> the firing was coming from all times. cattle died. some injured in the fun fire have wounds on the hands and legs. around 30 were injured on the night. >> this is one of the worst flare-ups between the ceasefire deal between the neighbours. the villages chant "down with pakistan." people here are afraid of more violence and are evacuating their homes. >> pakistan has been firing for many days. we can't sleep. people are leaving their houses.
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farmers who have no other way to make a living have been badly affected. >> control has been split between pakistan and india since gaining independence in 1947. the nuclear armed neighbours fought many wars, and thousands have been killed. they want a lasting peace. how to achieve that is a problem no one has been able to solve. hundreds of mexican police officers have been deployed to guerrero following the disappearance of 43 students. they went missing last week, following clashes with police. questions are raised on links between the town's mayor and violent cartels. adam raney reports from iguala. >> reporter: a year and a half ago leftist activist her honour andos was dumped and killed, the
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same area where 43 student went missing. his partner in life and activism has evidence implementing the town-mayor in the killing. she filed a complaint to have him stripped of immunity, so he could be tried - an uphill battle. >> translation: the state government said it can control things. as you can see, the situation got out of hand. iguala is a hot spot that no one paid attention to. >> she filed the document, but no one from the state government responded. a former congressman tried to convince some of the powerful people to investigate the mayor. >> personally, the attorney-general had been accused of having killed a man. i told the interior secretary too. they did nothing.
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al jazeera was told that it was the state, not federal authorities that had jurisdiction, that they would look into the case if more evidence was provided. now the mayor is a fugitive - fleeing before investigators could question him about the missing students, last seen the night they were attacked by gunmen and corrupt police. >> authorities suspected the mayor had connections with the drug cartel. dispute murder accusations and links to organised crime, state and federal officials never moved to have him stripped of immunity so he could be vetted and tried. -- investigated and tried. >> reporter: his role, if he played one, will never be known. but here in iguala, the people are fearful of a police force that work hand in and with the criminals. this is the scene, hundreds of police deployed to find the
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children. it's more like a public relations hough to show the government is act the forcefully after largely ignoring the case for a week. with dozens of students missing, perhaps killed, the government is under pressure to show it is taking action. the u.k. independence party is hoping to have its first mp elected. a by-election was caused by the defection of a conservative party. the party wants out of the european union. this report from claxton on how much support there is for the anti-immigration policy. >> claxton derided as being a dump. while it is true that it's faded around the edges. it is deeply traditional. lots of old people, barely a brown face to be seen. outside the kebab shob, the
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chinese -- shop, the chinese take away and restaurant, it has parked tanks on the lawn. i want something done about human rights and all this, you know. >> there's too many human rights. >> i do. it's terrible some of the things that they get away with. >> they have an immigrant problem to be sorted out once and for all. >> there's too many. >> too many, yes, coming in. they have to stop it. we are a small island, we can't cope with what we have got. yes. >> reporter: there's not many immigrants around here. >> no. there is a few. there is a few. >> reporter: not many, there's a polish shop. >> i'm not talking about poland, all the immigrants. there's too many. >> reporter: this much many people seem to know about ukip, the self-styled answer to traditional politics. anything else? >> what do you think about the policies generally? >> very good.
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>> reporter: which ones in particular? >> well... >> reporter: can you name three, do you thing? >> yep. >> reporter: go on then. >> um... ..my brain has gone at the moment. >> reporter: oh dear. >> i think labor had its run. give ukip a chance. >> reporter: it doesn't bother you you don't know everything about their policies. >> yes, it does. i'll look into it. >> reporter: many had the same ignorance of the policies, telling a story about the collapse in trust of westminster politicians. >> it wasn't long ago that everyone from the prime minister downwards, despite being you kip -- you kip. now they are so far apart that the other party almost wrote off their own chances of doing any good. what does that say about british
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politics, that so many will vote for a party even though they don't know anything about their policies. do you think people here or anywhere else no about the policies, apart from immigration. >> i think they do. talk to some of them. i don't know how long you have been in clapton. stop and ask people about change. >> change is what many up and down the u.k. are demanding. if they claim to represent a growing body of opinion, it's not clear how well formed that is. twitter is suing the u.s. government to reveal details on who is being spied on. the social media client slogan is taking the fight to court. twitter is taking legal action against the u.s. lyingal department for -- legal department for restricting ability to disclose government orders. a lawsuit has been filed,
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seeking to publish a transparency report. don't know if that's unconstitutional under the first amendment. a reminder that you can keep up to date with all the news on the website at aljazeera.com. >> the kurdish fighters inside the city, and the president of turkey next door, are both glumly conceding that isil will soon take kobane. why is turkey letting that happen? it's inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. the he's almostic state of iraq
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